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Plainfield Avenue project earns national honors

Plainfield Avenue project earns national honors

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Michigan Department of Transportation)-- The Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has selected a project in the city of Grand Rapids as an example of how public agencies and the private sector can effectively work together to accomplish green initiatives.

A paper on the project was presented this week at the institute's second Green Streets, Highways and Development (GSHD) Conference in Austin, Texas. Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Grant Coordinator Mike Smith and Grand Rapids Engineer Breese Stam are making the presentation.

Grand Rapids Comptroller keeps her job

Grand Rapids Comptroller keeps her job

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids Comptroller Sara Vander Werff is sticking around.

Vander Werff took 56 percent of the vote in Tuesday night’s election, besting Rina Baker.  Vander Werff got 8,046 votes from Grand Rapids’ 77 precincts; Baker took 6,245 votes.

Vander Werff took over as comptroller in April, after Donijo Dejonge resigned in December.

WZZM 13 Weatherball gets an updated look

WZZM 13 Weatherball gets an updated look

WALKER, Mich.—The WZZM 13 Weatherball is getting all dressed up before winter starts.

Crews installed new signs on the 13 Weatherball Tuesday, featuring the station’s updated logo.  The crane got stuck in the wet lawn outside the WZZM 13 studios, so workers had to put up the signs the old fashioned way, using rope and scaling a 100 foot ladder attached to the Weatherball's base.

The 13 Weatherball celebrated its 10th anniversary standing above the WZZM 13 station on Three Mile Road NW in May.  For the landmark's history, including its trip to the Kalamazoo scrap yard, click here.

When to trick-or-treat in your community

 When to trick-or-treat in your community

Halloween is Thursday, and many communities have set times for children to trick-or-treat.

Although the weather may not be pleasant, children are encouraged to visit homes and businesses at the following times:  

Ada Township

  • No designated time
  • Fire station #1 trick or treating: October 31,  6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Alpine Township

  • October 31 until dark/candy runs out

Belding

  • October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Halloween Open House: October 31, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the fire station

Cannon Township

  • No set time; fire department will hand out treats October 31, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Cascade Township

  • October 31, 5:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

Organizer of Christian music summer concert series hopes to expand next year

Organizer of Christian music summer concert series hopes to expand next year

ROCKFORD, Mich.-- "The old adage, 'You build it - they will come' is spot-on when describing the huge success of Rockford's 2013 Praise in the Park summer concert series," said Rockford city council member Steve Jazwiec during the September Rockford City Council meeting.

Jazwiec was responding to a recap presentation by former Rockford city council member Rich Moll, who organized Praise in the Park. 

The event is staged in the beautiful confines of Garden Club Park adjacent to the Rogue River and the iconic Rogue River Dam every summer Sunday evening, from June through August. Praise in the Park, in its second season, has seen attendance grow week after week.

Creston Car Show rolls into town September 7

Creston Car Show rolls into town September 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A portion of Plainfield Avenue will be free of traffic September 7, as the Creston Car Show rolls back into town for its ninth year.

The event, organized by the Creston Business Association, is free and open to the community.  Visitors are invited to walk down Plainfield Avenue NE and check out a variety of vehicles, including classic, hot rod, antique, muscle and rare models.  Kid-friendly activities will also be available, including Air Hoops.

Ned Rouse will provide a free performance and Red Jet Café will serve up pies for their annual pie eating contest.

The Creston Car Show kicks off at 11 a.m. at 1560 Plainfield Ave. NE.  The event will close out at 3 p.m. with a cruise to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Proceeds from the Creston Car Show will go to local charities.